Santi Aouna has dropped an update on the future of reported Tottenham Hotspur transfer target Nicolo Zaniolo.
In a recent post on Twitter, the Foot Mercato journalist revealed that, following a number of reports linking Fabio Paratici with a move for the AS Roma midfielder this summer, the Italian sporting director is in continued negotiations with the Serie A side regarding a deal for the 23-year-old – for whom Jose Mourinho’s side are reported to be demanding a figure in the region of €50m (£42m).
In his tweet, Aouna said: “Roma continues to activate. Ongoing discussions with Tottenham for Zaniolo.”
Considering that it has been reported Antonio Conte would still like to add a new attacking midfielder to his Spurs squad prior to the kick-off of the 2022/23 Premier League campaign next week, Aouna’s claim that Paratici remains in talks with Roma regarding a move for Zaniolo is sure to have left the 52-year-old manager buzzing.
Indeed, it would appear as if the £33.6m-rated talent would make an excellent addition to Tottenham’s current options in the middle of the park, as the Italy international could provide the attacking spark that is somewhat lacking from Oliver Skipp, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Yves Bissouma and Rodrigo Bentancur.
Zaniolo proved this over his ten appearances in the Giallorossi’s victorious Europa Conference League campaign in 2020/21, scoring five goals – including the winner in the final – registering four assists and creating three big chances for his teammates, in addition to taking an average of 2.0 shots, making 1.1 key passes and completing 0.8 dribbles per game.
These returns saw the £76k-per-week Romanista – who can operate from central and attacking midfield, on either flank and up front – average a quite remarkable SofaScore match rating of 7.11, ranking him as Mourinho’s sixth-best performer in the European competition.
As such, Aouna’s suggestion that Paratici is actively working on a deal to bring the 23-year-old to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this summer is undoubtedly incredibly exciting news for everyone involved with the north London side – not least Conte himself – as the nine-cap international could well prove to be the club’s final piece of their midfield jigsaw ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.